All the Single Ladies
Unmarried Women and the Rise of An Independent NationBook - 2016 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
In 2010, award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister started a book that she thought would be about the twenty-first-century phenomenon of the American single woman. Over the course of her research, Traister made a startling discovery: historically, when women have had options beyond early heterosexual marriage, their resulting independence has provoked massive social change. Unmarried women were crucial to the abolition, suffrage, temperance, and labor movements; they created settlement houses and secondary education for women. Today, only 20% of Americans are wed by age 29, compared to nearly 60% in 1960. The Population Reference Bureau calls it a "dramatic reversal." Traister sets out to examine how this generation of independent women is changing the world. This is a remarkable portrait of contemporary American life and how we got here, through the lens of the single American woman. Covering class, race, and sexual orientation, and filled with vivid anecdotes from fascinating contemporary and historical figures, this book is destined to be a classic work of social history and journalism.--Adapted from dust jacket.
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ReadersServices_KCMO May 17, 2017
Traister's fascinating social history shows the impact unmarried women have had on American culture throughout the ages, turning their energies toward political movements (women's suffrage and abolition), social change (labor movements and secondary education), and the economy (working women have... Read More »
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